As the only food bank in west central Wisconsin, Feed My People distributes 7.3 million pounds a year to local agencies. We are a cost effective way to provide pantries, community tables, and shelters enough food so thousands of people can be helped each month.
One of Our Heroes
Dolly has been working at the Neighborhood Food Pantry of Hixton for 27 years. She and another volunteer faithfully fill the food pantry with a variety of groceries to choose from every month. Like other food pantries in rural Jackson County, it makes a vital difference in the lives of the people who visit them.
Whether someone is visiting the food pantry for the first time, or is a regular, she treats them like she's known them forever.
"I figure everybody needs a hug." And that's what everyone receives when they've finished selecting their groceries. Oftentimes, they stay longer for a chat and give an update on how they're doing.
One senior couple shared, "I tell you, it really helps (this food pantry)." They let Dolly know that they wouldn't be there next month, but they would be returning in August.
Ten years ago Dolly had been away from the pantry working in another state, but decided to get back into it because she said she needed to be helping people. Besides volunteering for the food pantry, she is also a driver for the Amish community.
"(The pantry) is my number one priority though. Watching people's faces, those smiles, are like a gift. Even though I could be working today, I would always rather be here," she commented.
Most of the visitors to the food pantry are seniors. She delivers food from the pantry to one man who is 103-years old and is unable to visit the pantry himself.
When she shared that she drives 17 miles from Pigeon Falls to get to the pantry, she was initially misheard as saying 70 miles. She was quick to say in reply, "I'd drive here 70 miles to get here if I had to!"
"What makes you say that?" asked staff from Feed My People.
"So people have food," she said simply.